Soup Cook-off Winner

soup-winners.jpgIf you’ve followed our company for any length of time, you probably know that cook-offs are a regular part life at Logos (view our cook-off archive). A few weeks ago, we started off the 2010 cook-off calendar with our annual Soup Cook-off. We had a strong field of 12 this year and as one developer (who shall remain anonymous) put it, “They were really good this year. There wasn’t a single one that I wanted to spit out.”
With that said, here are the 2010 entrants:
Deborah Mickens — Captain Awesome’s Potato, Onion & Bacon Soup
Kat Hutchinson — Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Stew
Paul Williams — Gluten Free Yammy ‘tato Jubilee
Jana Gering — African Peanut Soup
Yuri Pineda — Lentil and Bacon soup
Sarah Wilson — Cheddar Ham Chowder
Rebekah Richoux — Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Ryan Husser — Chicken on Your Noodle Soup
Hayley Price — Vegetable Cheddar Chowder
Peter Venable — Thai tom ka gai
Darren Wright — Crab Bisque
Kyle Anderson — Pumpkin Black Bean Soup
Like all our cook-offs, everyone in the office was invited to come and taste the entries. Then, each person voted for their top 3 choices. Votes were then tallied and the winners announced via email.
This year’s winners are (pictured above):
1. Kat Hutchinson — Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Stew
2. Pete Venable — Thai tom ka gai
3. Yuri Pineda — Lentil and Bacon Soup
Kat was kind enough to share the winning recipe:
Southwest Chicken and Black Bean Stew
(from the kitchen of SaraAnn Evans)
Yield: A little over 1 ½ gallons of soup (approx. 30 1 c. servings)
Ingredients:
· ½ lb. thick sliced bacon
· 1 ½ lbs. boneless chicken meat
· Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
· 1 lg. yellow sweet onion, diced
· 1 jalapeño pepper, finely diced
· 1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
· 2 tsp. chili powder
· 1 tsp. fresh ground cumin
· ¾ c. dark beer (I used Old Rasputin) – the stew will have a lighter, fresher taste if you omit this. (and it will be gluten-free)
· 2 (8 oz.) cans of black beans, drained
· 1 chipotle pepper, dried – omit for lighter, fresher taste
· 3 c. low sodium chicken broth
· 3-4 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
· 2 limes
Extra addins to try– cooked rice, lime wedges, sour cream, grated cheese, tortilla chips
Directions:
1. In large pot, cook bacon over medium high heat until slightly crisp. Drain bacon and coarsely chop, then set aside. Reserve grease in pot.
2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and cook in bacon grease until browned. Remove and set aside
3. In remaining fat in pan, sauté onions, jalapeño and red pepper. Stir often and continue cooking until onions turn translucent and begin to caramelize.
4. Raise the heat to high and add chili powder and cumin. Cook 1 – 2 minutes.
5. Add beer and cook until reduced and liquid is nearly gone (about 4 minutes)
6. Add beans, chipotle pepper and chicken broth. Let mixture come to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5-10 minutes.
7. Add the chicken and bacon to the stew and take the chipotle pepper out.
*At this point you can do one of two things. You can throw everything in a Crock pot and wait a day for the flavors to get richer and smokier, or you can move ahead. I recommend the Crock pot. However, if you’re in a hurry, you can just move on and the flavors will be somewhat fresher.
8. Juice 1 lime and add to stew.
9. Add cilantro or other addins, and you’re ready to eat. Enjoy!
Notes: At step #6, for thicker stew, you can remove 2 cups of mixture (not the chipotle pepper) and puree in a blender, then mix back into the pot.
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Seminary Scholarship Winner

Logos is happy to announce the winner of our second Seminary Scholarship award, Justin Hoke. Justin is currently working to finish his MDiv through the distance education program at Reformed Baptist Seminary.
As the winner of the Seminary Scholarship, Justin received a $1,000.00 tuition scholarship and a copy of the Logos 4 Scholar’s Library.
Next Scholarship to be Awarded May 10th
If you’re a seminarian (whether you’re full time, part time, distance, or residential) and you’re interested in applying for a $1,000.00 scholarship for tuition and a copy of Logos 4 Scholar’s Library, then visit www.SeminaryScholarship.com and apply today.
Not a seminarian? Well, it is likely that you know one. Please take a moment and send them an email, tweet, Facebook message, or even an old fashioned letter letting them know about this great opportunity.

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Logos 4: Introductory discounts end January 31st!

Growing up in a household of seven—five kids, and my parents—I didn’t always get what I wanted, but I found that if there was something I believed I “absolutely needed” (in my adolescent opinion), I did what it took to get it.

In high school, a few friends and I were really into bodyboarding, the sport commonly known as “boogie boarding.” While at my favorite local surf shop one day, I found the board I had to have. This board was the Logos Bible Software 4 of bodyboards. I was able to set the board on layaway with a down payment, so I knew it would eventually be mine. From there on out, every dime I got went toward that board. I stashed away my lunch money, money from chores, and change from the couch—I was on a mission.

Eventually the day came when I had enough saved up. I was so stoked to be riding waves on my new board. It was well worth the wait, well worth not blowing my money on smaller things (who needs to each lunch anyway?) so I could have a really cool, brand new bodyboard. I still operate with the same mindset all these years later—just ask my wife. My point is, if I have to choose between buying smaller things I’m sure I would enjoy, or saving up for a more rewarding, cooler purchase, I will almost always save my money for the more rewarding purchase. I see it as an investment. I see it as going without until I can afford what I really want.

Whether you find yourself agreeing with my purchasing mentality or not, I would approach owning a Logos 4 base package the same way I did while trying to purchase my bodyboard. I would do what it takes. And better than layaway from my high school days, Logos has payment plans which allow you to start using your software right away, while spreading out your payments over several months.

There are many reasons why you should upgrade or purchase a new Logos 4 base package.
Previous posts like The Best Reason to Upgrade, Upgrade Illustrated, How to Get the Most Out of the Logos iPhone App, and 4 Ways to Move to Logos 4 have already given detailed reasons.

So here’s one straightforward reason: Introductory discounts end January 31st.

Come February 1st, we hope no one will say, “I didn’t know. Why didn’t you tell me?”
We also hope your friends and family will not discover you to be a Logos user who never told them how Logos Bible Software 4 could transform their Bible study—and that if they had bought before February, they could have saved 25% on their base package. I can’t say it more emphatically. If you can, do what it takes to get Logos Bible Software 4 before the end of the month.

One More Chance to Win

Last June, Dan walked into my office and said, “I want to do a Bible giveaway… a huge Bible giveaway.” We talked through the details, called some of our publisher friends, and a few weeks later launched a six month promotion in which we gave away 78 ultra-premium Bibles, worth over $12,000.
The response to the promotion was overwhelming, with thousands of people participating. One of the highlights for me was contacting the winners every month. Numerous times I got to hear stories of people who were so very blessed by the promotion. One email I received was from a preacher who had won the NASB Large Print Bible. He wrote, “This Bible will go to good use as my vision is failing (even though I am only in my 30’s) and I have been struggling reading from my NASB as I preach.” It brought me such joy to send him his Bible.
While we only had 78 people selected as winners in the Great Bible Giveaway, in a way everyone is a winner. The whole purpose of the giveaway was to introduce people to our online Bible. During the promotion, we saw site traffic and usage of Bible.Logos.com increase by more than 20% and many people sent in emails thanking us for sponsoring the promotion because it was through the giveaway that they learned about the site.

One More Bible to Give Away

During the course of the giveaway, one of our winners sent his Bible back and asked that we give it away to another person. So, honoring his request, here’s one last chance to win. Leave a comment on this blog post with your favorite Bible verse. On Monday (Jan 18) we’ll select a winner at random from the comments.
NOTE: Our randomly selected winner is Billy Stevens. While you can no longer enter to win, please feel free to continue posting your favorite verses in the comments below.

December Winners

  • 1 ESV Study Bible, Black Calfskin (Retail $239.99) from Crossway (winner: E. Amerman)
  • 6 HCSB Legacy Bibles, Black Genuine Leather (Retail $100) from B&H Publishing (winners: J. Rozema, G. Stadler, R. Mills, A. Manning, M. Macaluso, and D. Mora)
  • 1 KJV Cambridge Premier Concord Reference, Black Goatskin (Retail $199.99) from Cambridge Bibles (winner: R. DuBois)
  • 1 NASB In Touch Ministries Wide Margin Edition, Burgundy Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation (winner: P. Robin)
  • 1 NASB Large Print Ultrathin Reference, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation (winner: D. Buckham)
  • 1 NASB Side Column Reference Wide Margin Special Limited Edition, Black Calfskin (Retail $149.99) from Lockman Foundation (winner: J. Swain)
  • 1 NIV Archaeological Study Bible, Venetian Brown Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $109.99) from Zondervan (winner: A. Beaver)
  • 1 NIV Study Bible, Black Renaissance Fine Leather (Retail $124.99) from Zondervan (winner: A. Bartlett)
  • 1 NIV Study Bible, Burgundy Goatskin ($229.99) from Cambridge Bibles (winner: E. Hernandez)
  • 1 NKJV UltraThin Bible Signature Series, Tan Calfskin (Retail $129.99) from Thomas Nelson (winner: A. Dobuss)
  • 2 NLTSB Tyndale Select, Black Calfskin (Retail Unavailable) from Tyndale (winners: J. Hoffman and D. Larson)
  • 1 TNIV, Black Renaissance Fine Leather ($99.99) from Zondervan (winner: R. Irvin)

Special Thanks!

A very special thanks to Crossway, Cambridge, Lockman Foundation, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale, and B&H Publishing for working with us to make your beautifully crafted Bibles available for this giveaway!

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Offline Reading with Logos iPhone App Version 1.2.2

iphone-small.pngLast week in Kent’s post, How to Get the Most Out of the Logos iPhone App, he told you how anyone with the Logos iPhone app could instantly access around 30 Bibles to read on their iPhone or iPod Touch, and that by registering (for free) you gain access to more than 30 additional free books.

He also pointed out that if you upgrade to a new Logos 4 base package, you get access to all the books that you have ever purchased for Logos Bible Software (as long as our publishing partners have given us permission to display each title), followed by a bullet-point list of reasons the app is more than a book reader.

Here’s one more reason: The Logos App now offers offline reading.

This is awesome news, especially for those who do not have a constant internet connection. To make this possible, you’ll still need an internet connection to save the books locally, but once the books are saved, you can read them without a wireless connection. So before you head to your small group, your men’s or women’s Bible study, out to the park, or if you’d just like to sink into your favorite chair and read your Bible or favorite commentary, make sure you make your preferred Bible translation and other favorite books available offline.

For those of you who are determined to make 2010 the year you read through the entire Bible, what better way to accomplish that goal then with the free Logos Bible Software app? The offline reading mode will allow you to take advantage of your down-time, and before you know it, the few verses or few chapters you are able to read while waiting for your next meeting or class will quickly add up.

So here’s how it’s done:

  1. Make sure you’re connected to the internet via Wi-Fi or your carrier.
  2. Open your library.
  3. Click on the blue arrow next to the title you want available offline. (screenshot)
  4. Slide the "Available Offline" option to On. (screenshot)
  5. Click Done.
  6. You should see an orange arrow indicating that Logos is downloading the resource. (screenshot)
  7. Once the resource is completely downloaded, the arrow will change to an airplane icon. (screenshot)
  8. After the book is completely downloaded, in offline mode, select Read and it will be viewable offline.

For those of you who use Facebook and are excited about this functionality, but still don’t have an iPod Touch, find out how you can enter to win a free 8GB iPod Touch.

*The offline reading mode is only available if you own a Logos 4 base package. You can read and navigate books in offline mode, but you can’t search or access them in reports like the Passage Guide, Bible Word Study, and Text Comparison.

Win a Free iPod Touch

iphone-small.pngOne of the cool features of our new Bible study iPhone app is that it can also be run on an iPod Touch. This means that you don’t have to change cell phone carriers or buy an expensive iPhone just to get this great Bible study tool. On top of that, we’ve recently added an offline reading mode that allows you to store some of your book on your device and read them without even being connected to WiFi or a mobile carrier.* Logos on the iPod Touch is even more useful than before.
We’re so excited about the advances our app is taking that we decided to buy some iPod Touches and give them away! In fact, if you follow Logos on Twitter you know that we’ve given two of these iPods away already. Our current iPod Touch giveaway is being run for all our Facebook fans. So, if you’re on Facebook, head over and see how you can enter to win.
If you like giveaways like this one, be sure to become a fan of Logos on Facebook and that you’re following Logos on Twitter. It is a great way to keep up to date with Logos and hear about cool things like iPod giveaways.

*Downloading a book to your iPod or iPhone for offline reading requires an internet connection via WiFi or through your cell phone provider.

It Takes a Lot of Coffee to Run Logos

idea-de-luxe[1].jpgI’m a coffee drinker, and perhaps, have a small-to-medium addiction to it. I make myself feel better by reading medical studies that highlight the fact that drinking coffee could lower my risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, colon cancer, as well as lift my mood, treat headaches, and lower my risk of cavities. My personal issues aside, we drink a lot of coffee at Logos and 2009, with the launch of Logos 4, was no exception. So, with 2010 upon us, I thought we’d take a stroll down Logos’ coffee lane.
On June 21, 2004, Logos received its beloved Coffee Machine. To be precise, it is a Saeco Super Automatic IDEA De Luxe espresso machine. Since the initial purchase, this magnificent coffee making machine has made over 106,000 cups of coffee! That averages out to more than 73 cups of coffee EVERY WORK DAY!
As far as I can tell, our first public mention of the coffee machine was back in October, 2005, when, after almost a year and a half of service, the machine was taken in for repairs. According to the blog post, we had already consumed 20,000 cups of coffee. That’s about 57 cups per work day.
Since then we’ve blogged about it a few times, showing pictures of coffee and using it as an opportunity to sell Logos branded merchandise… which, by the way, how would you like to buy a very nice Logos glass coffee mug for just $6.95?
While the public blog didn’t cover much more about the coffee machine, I did come across an internal wiki that chronicles some of the machine’s past. It would appear that the time between its October 2005 fix and the next service was about 2 1/2 years. In April, 2008, we sent the coffee machine off for a number of issues that had sprung up, including a “loud noise, followed by clicking sounds,” “brownish water coming out of the steam wand,” “an error message which states: load circuit,” and several of other problems. Perhaps the problem was that we had now consumed 72,907 cups of coffee. That averages out to, over those 2.5 years, about 81 cups per work day.
coffee.jpgLater in 2008 the machine was again sent in for repairs. Despite the initial diagnosis that the turbine needed to be replaced, it was in fact a clogged brewer unit. In those brief 5 months we managed to drink another 7,842 cups of coffee, or about 71 cups per work day.
Which leads us to today. As we enter 2010, we have collectively consumed over 106,000 cups of coffee. That’s about 73 cups a day over the last 5 1/2 years and about 83 cups a day since October, 2008.
If you’re looking for something more inspiring than the history of our coffee machine, then I highly recommend you open Logos 4 (upgrade if you haven’t already) and get into God’s Word in 2010 and reflect on His goodness in the year ahead.
And, if you need a cup of coffee to sip during your study, we’ll be open until 5 p.m. PST. You’re welcome to stop by and add your cup to our running total.

Register for BibleTech:2010!

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BibleTech:2010 preparations are in full force, and it is shaping up to be another landmark event. If you have a passion about the latest developments in Bible and technology, then set aside March 26-27 for the event, and register soon! The sooner you register the more you save, and you still have time before January 4 to save $40.00 on your registration!

Make sure to check out the speakers which will be presenting at this year’s event! Bibletech:2010 will feature a veritable who’s who from the biblical technology industry. This year will feature veterans from previous BibleTech conferences as well as many fresh faces, all delivering relevant information regarding translating, studying and communicating the Bible in a digital age. The speakers page outlines the topics that will be addressed by this year’s presenters as well as offering audio from the last two years.

If you are curious about what past attendees have said about BibleTech, check out Eric Young’s article in The Christian Post and read ZDNet Tech Blogger for Matthew Miller’s review.

This year’s BibleTech will be held in San Jose, California, appropriately nestled in the center of Silicon Valley. Discounted accommodations can be made by visiting the San Jose Sheraton event reservation site.

What can you do to help prepare for BibleTech:2010 you ask? If you have attended BibleTech in the past, or are enthused about BibleTech in general, then make sure to talk it up; Facebook it, Twitter it, blog about it, talk it up in your small group or at Church. If you have a webpage then we also have banners available to help you promote BibleTech:2010!

Remember: There are only a couple days left to take advantage of our great Christmas Specials for upgrading and purchasing Logos 4!

And don’t forget we are in the home stretch of the Twelve Days of Logos sale which ends December 31, 2009!

How to Get the Most Out of the Logos iPhone App

Logos Bible Software iPhone App

The Logos 4 release has been big news for the past seven weeks since it first came out. Response has been overwhelming, and we’ve been so busy with the release of Logos 4 that we haven’t had much time to talk about the other big project we recently launched—the free Logos Bible Software iPhone app.

Begin reading the Bible, searching, comparing versions, and setting up reading plans to keep you in the Word every day. Anyone with the Logos iPhone app may instantly access around 30 Bibles to read on their iPhone or iPod Touch.

Tens of thousands of people who had never even heard of Logos, before the iPhone app, have already downloaded the free app, and love it. Many users have gotten even more out of the app by registering to gain access to more than 30 additional free books. Again, you don’t ever have to register. You can keep using it free and anonymous forever if you prefer, but by registering you are able to access a total of more than 60 books, plus the app itself—all without spending a dime.

However, when you upgrade to a new Logos 4 base package, you get a key which tells our servers to grant you access to all the books that you have ever purchased for Logos Bible Software old or new, as long as our publishing partners have given us permission to display each title on the iPhone.

This bonus feature in the new Logos 4 base package allows you to access up to 3,000 of the titles you own on the iPhone—not just books in the new base packages, but also books you may have purchased ten or fifteen years ago. And we’re making new books available regularly as we secure rights and convert titles to the new format.

Even better, the iPhone app isn’t just about reading books. It also incorporates many of the features and tools you’ve come to love about Logos Bible Software:

  • Bible study anywhere. Now you have access to many of the books in your library wherever you go.
  • Syncs with your desktop application. The app remembers your favorite resources, bookmarks, and settings across all platforms. Logos 4 even saves your last location in each of your books, so you can leave your desk and pick up your reading right where you left off using your iPhone or iPod Touch.
  • Stay up to date on your daily readings with a Bible Reading Plan. As a Logos 4 user you can complete your reading on your computer or iPhone and both will keep your plan up to date.
  • Learn more about a word by running a Bible Word Study. Get a report with links to dictionaries, lexicons, verses using the word, and view various translations of the Greek or Hebrew word.
  • Like the desktop version of Logos Bible Software, the Passage Guide allows you to enter a verse and get a detailed report that includes relevant commentaries, cross references, literary typing, media resources, and interesting words.
  • Learn more about the original language words behind the English translation. Tap and hold any word in your Bible and Logos Bible Software will look up the word and deliver the manuscript, lemma, and morphological information on the Greek or Hebrew word.
  • Just feel like reading a book? Browse through your library and open one up. If you’ve opened the book before on your iPhone or computer, it will pick up right where you left off.
  • Lots more! Check out the iPhone page to see all the other features, screenshots, and more, or take a look at the iPhone posts in the Community Forums.

Many of the people who have never heard of Logos and started using the iPhone app have enjoyed it so much, that they’ve purchased a Logos 4 base package—just to access all the new content. They aren’t buying a Logos 4 package to use the desktop app, they are buying Logos 4 simply to access a ton of great books on their iPhone.

And the ability to access many of your titles on the iPhone is just one of the hundreds of brand new features that come with each Logos 4 base package or base package upgrade. So think about it: if people who’ve never heard of Logos are buying Logos 4 base packages just so they can access additional books on their iPhones, imagine the benefits you will get—as someone who is already an experienced Logos user, and already aware of all the great benefits of using Logos on your desktop—when you upgrade to a new Logos 4 base package.

We’ve decided to extend the upgrade discounts through the holiday season. That means you still have a little more time to save on an upgrade to a brand new Logos 4 base package.

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4 Ways to Move to Logos 4

Merry Christmas from all of us here in Bellingham, Washington. We hope you’re having a wonderful celebration of the birth of our Savior with family and friends.

Many of you have already upgraded to Logos 4, and you may have even used it to read the Christmas story, prepare for your Christmas Eve sermon, or study the themes surrounding Christ’s first advent for your personal devotional time. If you haven’t upgraded to Logos 4 yet because you were waiting for some Christmas money, I wanted to take a few moments to give you your 4 options for moving to Logos 4. And even though we’re closed today, our website is available to take your order right now. If you choose the download option, you might even be able to start playing with your new toy later today.

Option 1: Base Package Upgrade

The first and best option is to upgrade your Logos 3 base package to a higher Logos 4 base package. So if you currently have Scholar’s Library for Logos 3, your best option is to upgrade to a higher base package like Gold or Platinum for Logos 4. The reason this is the best option is because we’re offering some extra special introductory discounts right now, and you always get the best deal on our highest base packages. In addition to keeping all the books you already own, you’ll get the most new features and resources at an amazingly low price. If you have the money or would like to use one of our payment plans, this is definitely the way to go. Even if you’re not sure if your computer can handle Logos 4 yet, it still makes sense to upgrade now to take advantage of the extra savings. In the meantime, you can even enjoy the majority of your new resources in Logos 3.

Option 2: Base Package Crossgrade

If you can’t afford moving up a couple of levels in your base package or you feel that you’re already at the base package level that’s right for you, the next best option is to crossgrade your current base package to the new Logos 4 version. So if you own Scholar’s Gold for Logos 3, you can move over to Scholar’s Gold for Logos 4. You won’t get as many new books or quite as good of a deal as upgrading, but in a couple of cases you’ll get more than 100 new titles for less than $2 each! Crossgrading your base package is a great option for those on a tight budget.

Option 3: Minimal Crossgrade

The next best option if you don’t really want to add new books to your library is the Minimal Crossgrade. The Minimal Crossgrade gives you just the core essential resources and databases necessary to move your existing library over to Logos 4 and take advantage of many of the cool new features. We highly recommend that you purchase at least the Minimal Crossgrade to get the true Logos 4 experience.

Option 4: Free Core Engine

The last way to move to Logos 4 is to download the free core engine. The free Logos 4 core engine without a Logos 4 base package or the Minimal Crossgrade will be lacking many of the new databases and resources necessary to use features like Biblical People, Biblical Places, Biblical Things, the new reverse interlinears, many of the sections of the Guides and the Home Page, Logos controlled vocabulary database of synonymous terminology, and a few other things. You also won’t be able to use your current library of books on the iPhone app. If you want to have the best experience with Logos 4 and access your books on the iPhone app, choosing the free core engine is not the right choice. But if you’re just looking for very basic functionality, it’s hard to beat the price. :) Remember, though, that the free core engine option will always be around, but the extra special upgrade discounts won’t last forever.

To sum it all up, here are your 4 options laid out in a table.

New Books1 Features Value Price
Base Package Upgrade ≈150–1,6002 All3 Amazing Deal ~$130–$3,0004
Base Package Crossgrade ~25–2002 Most3 Great Deal ~$35–$1604
Minimal Crossgrade ~402 Many3 Good Deal $69.95
Free Core Engine None Some3 Free $0

1 Plus your current resources, which will move over to Logos 4 at no additional charge.

2 Numbers are estimates and will vary depending on what you already own.

3 Depends in part on which base package level you’re at.

4 With special, limited-time discounts.